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Jun. 28, 2011by:

UPDATE - Variety did a little digging on this MoviePass business only to find out some surprising news. It may all be a scam. "Although MoviePass on Monday announced that it was bowing its service at 21 theaters in the San Francisco Bay Area, reps from each said they had never been contacted by the New York-based startup, and would turn its patrons away." This includes AMC, Landmark Theaters and Camera Cinemas, all of which were listed in the MoviePass launch announcement. MoviePass refused to comment on the matter. For now, I'd recommend saving your $50...

UPDATE 2 - MoviePass speaks on the record about the confusion over at Deadline.

If you frequent the internet halls of JoBlo.com, it's a good bet that you probably see a shit ton of movies. I don't have any exact stats, pie charts, or anything but I see several posts on MFC and Facebook from readers who are always hitting the theater.

Well, what if I told you that soon everyone would be able to get an unlimited amount of movie tickets for a flat monthly rate? Does that sound appealing? Okay, first things first-- the details.

Moviepass will offer a monthly subscription rate of $50/a month for unlimited tickets to the theater. A limited pass is in the works and will cost $30/a month for four theater tickets. Using a geo-aware HTML5 web app (with native apps in the works, you can buy tickets day-of-show from standard online ticketing companies like MovieTickets.com. Once at the theater, the app will give you the redemption code to snag tickets from a kiosk or ticket counter. Currently the company is making deals with other major online ticketing services, which means that as long as a theater is serviced by a MoviePass ticketing provider, you can go to that theater.

There will be a private beta launch in the San Jose area which will start on Wednesday then roll out to other U.S. cities throughout the summer. MoviePass plans to offer access to about 40 percent of the nations screens when the service launches nationally in the fall. Here's a list of the theaters included for San Jose: The Clay, Bridge, Lumiere, Embarcadero, Opera Plaza Cinemas and AMC Van Ness 14 in San Francisco; AMC Bay Street 16 in Emeryville; California Theatres and Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley; Piedmont Theatre in Oakland; Albany Twin in Albany; Big Cinemas Towne 3, Camera 3, Camera 12, AMC Eastridge 15 and AMC Saratoga 14 in San Jose; Camera 7 in Campbell; AMC Mercado 20 in Santa Clara; AMC Cupertino Square 16 in Cupertino; Camera Cinemas Los Gatos in Los Gatos; and Aquarius in Palo Alto. During the beta, the MoviePass team hopes to discover what price works best for customers and how the service can bring them more value.

Of course there are rules and regulations:

*Users are limited to seeing one movie per day. We understand this limitation, but its a bummer for those of us who like to see multiple movies on a rainy Saturday.

*Users can only see a movie one time. If you want to re-watch Transformers 3 or another summer blockbuster, youll need to pay for your ticket.

*Tickets are non-transferrable.

*Tickets must be purchased the day of the show.

*3D and IMAX tickets will cost an additional $3. The user will just pay the difference in ticket price between 2D and 3D but can still purchase and pick up tickets the same way as with a regular 2D film.

Extra Tidbit: Discuss.
Source: WiredMoviepass

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7:38PM on 06/28/2011
I like the idea, but $50 a month is too pricey especially when it doesn't even include the imax/3D fees and it limits you to 1 movie per day and only 1 time to see each movie. I'll stick with going to AMC Mon-Thurs. or Sat mornings for $4.50 each time.
I like the idea, but $50 a month is too pricey especially when it doesn't even include the imax/3D fees and it limits you to 1 movie per day and only 1 time to see each movie. I'll stick with going to AMC Mon-Thurs. or Sat mornings for $4.50 each time.
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8:45PM on 06/28/2011

I'm down

$50 is a little steep, but the 4 tickets for $30 a month seems pretty reasonable... especially since tix are usually over 10 bucks a pop now... but then what about IMAX, 3D, etc... theres gonna be so many rules at first it might make things difficult but if they can somehow manage away to keep things at a somewhat steady price while prices continue to inflate, this would be worth it
$50 is a little steep, but the 4 tickets for $30 a month seems pretty reasonable... especially since tix are usually over 10 bucks a pop now... but then what about IMAX, 3D, etc... theres gonna be so many rules at first it might make things difficult but if they can somehow manage away to keep things at a somewhat steady price while prices continue to inflate, this would be worth it
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11:26PM on 06/28/2011
50 bucks is incredibly steep considering all the restrictions you have to deal with.
50 bucks is incredibly steep considering all the restrictions you have to deal with.
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9:46PM on 06/28/2011
This is going to fail. Maybe if they didn't have so many fucking restrictions.
This is going to fail. Maybe if they didn't have so many fucking restrictions.
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7:49PM on 06/28/2011
If you are only 'allowed' one movie per day then just sneak into the next one like everyone else in America. I live in NYC so the movies are like 12.50 if its not a matinee so you would have to see 4 movies to break even. I'm sure this deal is nowhere near me but I think its good idea and if I lived away from NYC I would look into it.
If you are only 'allowed' one movie per day then just sneak into the next one like everyone else in America. I live in NYC so the movies are like 12.50 if its not a matinee so you would have to see 4 movies to break even. I'm sure this deal is nowhere near me but I think its good idea and if I lived away from NYC I would look into it.
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7:28PM on 06/28/2011
I have a pass like this for one chain. It costs 17.99 ($29) a monthand for that I get totally unlimited access to Cineworld cinemas across the country (no bullshit 1 movie a day limit). I'm swiftly closing on 100 movies at the cinema this year, and all but a handful of press shows and special screenings have been on this pass. It generally pays for itself within 2 months, netting me 10 months of free movies. It is made of awesome.
I have a pass like this for one chain. It costs 17.99 ($29) a monthand for that I get totally unlimited access to Cineworld cinemas across the country (no bullshit 1 movie a day limit). I'm swiftly closing on 100 movies at the cinema this year, and all but a handful of press shows and special screenings have been on this pass. It generally pays for itself within 2 months, netting me 10 months of free movies. It is made of awesome.
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9:36PM on 06/28/2011
No good. People need to ask themselves if it's actually worth it. The summer seems to be the only months of the year that I go to the movies at least 3 times a month. And what's with the only being able to see a movie once. That's a dealbreaker for me personally
No good. People need to ask themselves if it's actually worth it. The summer seems to be the only months of the year that I go to the movies at least 3 times a month. And what's with the only being able to see a movie once. That's a dealbreaker for me personally
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11:25PM on 06/28/2011
Restrictions nos. 1 & 2 make this worthless.
Restrictions nos. 1 & 2 make this worthless.
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7:47PM on 06/28/2011
Drop the price a bit and I'm game.
Drop the price a bit and I'm game.
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8:15AM on 06/29/2011

I'm surprised it's taken American Cinemas so long

...especially when in comparison to UK cinemas, the variety of foods/drinks available has always exceeded that of ours.

I have a pass that costs me 14.99 ($24) a month. I can see a movie as many times as I want, as many as I can in a day. The only upgrade fee is an extra 1.50 ($2.5) for a 3D movie (as this chain doesn't have an Imax). $50 is far too expensive for such a restricted pass.

It's because of this card I've been to the cinema every night for the past 3 evenings to catch
...especially when in comparison to UK cinemas, the variety of foods/drinks available has always exceeded that of ours.

I have a pass that costs me 14.99 ($24) a month. I can see a movie as many times as I want, as many as I can in a day. The only upgrade fee is an extra 1.50 ($2.5) for a 3D movie (as this chain doesn't have an Imax). $50 is far too expensive for such a restricted pass.

It's because of this card I've been to the cinema every night for the past 3 evenings to catch Bridesmaids, Senna & Transformers 3.

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11:05PM on 06/28/2011
Are there really four movies that are worth seeing in a month? In two months? Sure, this summer has a lot of movies, but that wasn't the case last year. So no, it's not worth it especially if they're going to go to waste (the tickets). Plus the restrictions are really fucking lame.
Are there really four movies that are worth seeing in a month? In two months? Sure, this summer has a lot of movies, but that wasn't the case last year. So no, it's not worth it especially if they're going to go to waste (the tickets). Plus the restrictions are really fucking lame.
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8:05PM on 06/28/2011

Hmmmm....

Price is a tad bit too high to include all those limitations/rules
Price is a tad bit too high to include all those limitations/rules
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3:59AM on 06/29/2011
Seems slightly limited, but I would have to evaluate how many movies I see in a month. Of course, if I WERE paying fifty bucks a month, I'd probably go to more movies at the theater. It seems like a good deal though to people who go to the theater a lot. Curious to know how well this thing is gonna go over.
Seems slightly limited, but I would have to evaluate how many movies I see in a month. Of course, if I WERE paying fifty bucks a month, I'd probably go to more movies at the theater. It seems like a good deal though to people who go to the theater a lot. Curious to know how well this thing is gonna go over.
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7:44PM on 06/28/2011

This is a great idea.

This is a great idea, but I don't like the only seeing a movie once deal. The conversion to 3D makes sense. I am at the movies all the time. I am sure I would utilize this.
This is a great idea, but I don't like the only seeing a movie once deal. The conversion to 3D makes sense. I am at the movies all the time. I am sure I would utilize this.
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3:22PM on 06/29/2011
For whatever fee? I know I would never get my $'s worth, Reason= usually there's very few films I'm interested in seeing anyway.
For whatever fee? I know I would never get my $'s worth, Reason= usually there's very few films I'm interested in seeing anyway.
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2:34PM on 06/29/2011
I dunno. I wouldn't go to the movies just for the sake of going to the movies. Unless Hollywood shows 5 new good movies each month, I wouldn't settle for sitting through mediocre films. What am I saying!? $50 and $30 dollars a month is still too much for what I'm earning. That's $600 in movies for ONE person a year!!
I dunno. I wouldn't go to the movies just for the sake of going to the movies. Unless Hollywood shows 5 new good movies each month, I wouldn't settle for sitting through mediocre films. What am I saying!? $50 and $30 dollars a month is still too much for what I'm earning. That's $600 in movies for ONE person a year!!
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12:04PM on 06/29/2011
This would be a good idea for like 30$ a month, but fifty with no perks and paying extra for 3d? No thanks. I never pay more then 6.50 for a movie anyways so this would be pointless for me. I guess if you're in LA though or somewhere the prices are steep something like this wouldnt be so bad. Though it should include something free at concessions..
This would be a good idea for like 30$ a month, but fifty with no perks and paying extra for 3d? No thanks. I never pay more then 6.50 for a movie anyways so this would be pointless for me. I guess if you're in LA though or somewhere the prices are steep something like this wouldnt be so bad. Though it should include something free at concessions..
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8:17AM on 06/29/2011
As of now it is really only worth it if I see over 5 movies a month, otherwise it's cheaper to just pay per movie. I like this idea though, and very well may try it out
As of now it is really only worth it if I see over 5 movies a month, otherwise it's cheaper to just pay per movie. I like this idea though, and very well may try it out
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12:29AM on 06/29/2011

I think this is worth it...

Because I go to the movies every week. So it's worth it I think. your actually saving money if you think of it kind of but only if they make the 50 bucks for a year not for a month. that's rather a lot of cash. I know in a month you'll paid more then 50 bucks in the theater but still.
Because I go to the movies every week. So it's worth it I think. your actually saving money if you think of it kind of but only if they make the 50 bucks for a year not for a month. that's rather a lot of cash. I know in a month you'll paid more then 50 bucks in the theater but still.
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8:20PM on 06/28/2011

This is definately a good idea

but I'm not going to the movies 4-5 times a month to warrant paying $50. $50 if the ticket includes a free small popcorn and a bottle of water?
but I'm not going to the movies 4-5 times a month to warrant paying $50. $50 if the ticket includes a free small popcorn and a bottle of water?
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10:38AM on 06/29/2011
if they took away restrictions 1 and 2 i'd easily pay the $50 price a month, i go to the movies at least twice a week so spending $50 instead of $9-$10 per film makes sense to me.

That said, if they leave those 2 restrictions i think the price should drop to $35-$40, then i'd consider it. But i have been known to see 2-3 movies on a sunday afternoon before, i'll check it out if they ever offer it on the east coast.
if they took away restrictions 1 and 2 i'd easily pay the $50 price a month, i go to the movies at least twice a week so spending $50 instead of $9-$10 per film makes sense to me.

That said, if they leave those 2 restrictions i think the price should drop to $35-$40, then i'd consider it. But i have been known to see 2-3 movies on a sunday afternoon before, i'll check it out if they ever offer it on the east coast.
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10:17AM on 06/29/2011

Good idea but they have to change.

Only seeing a movie 1 time and not being able to see multiple movies a day killed this for me. I do a lot of double-features and if I really like a film, I'm almost always a multiple viewer. I'll just stick to buying my ticks the old fashioned way.
Only seeing a movie 1 time and not being able to see multiple movies a day killed this for me. I do a lot of double-features and if I really like a film, I'm almost always a multiple viewer. I'll just stick to buying my ticks the old fashioned way.
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8:44AM on 06/29/2011

no thanks

While there are always times there is a movie out that i would love to see in the theaters but just don't have the $10-$18 to drop on it it only happens maybe once a month.

This would be more for ppl who just love movies in general and want to see as many as they can. For me though there are not enough movies that interest me that come out in a month to justify paying this.

Though the $30 for 4 tickets wouldn't be bad. There are rpobably 2 movie sa month that id see with either a firend
While there are always times there is a movie out that i would love to see in the theaters but just don't have the $10-$18 to drop on it it only happens maybe once a month.

This would be more for ppl who just love movies in general and want to see as many as they can. For me though there are not enough movies that interest me that come out in a month to justify paying this.

Though the $30 for 4 tickets wouldn't be bad. There are rpobably 2 movie sa month that id see with either a firend or the gf.
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8:28PM on 06/28/2011
If they did this at the beginning of summer I'd be down, but honestly after July there won't be too many movies each month I want to see. I'd actually LOSE money with this pass.
If they did this at the beginning of summer I'd be down, but honestly after July there won't be too many movies each month I want to see. I'd actually LOSE money with this pass.
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7:30PM on 06/28/2011
This is a good idea with me because of how many movies I see in the theater. The Theater is the number one place I go to see movies, more than rentals and Netflix, DVD, and television. But for the limitations, I wouldn't get it. I like to enjoy a movie or two in one day. The refund situation wouldn't be a problem, since I never ask for one. The only thing about this deal is the limitations, and if they would like to take this idea more seriously and think about customers like me in mind, then
This is a good idea with me because of how many movies I see in the theater. The Theater is the number one place I go to see movies, more than rentals and Netflix, DVD, and television. But for the limitations, I wouldn't get it. I like to enjoy a movie or two in one day. The refund situation wouldn't be a problem, since I never ask for one. The only thing about this deal is the limitations, and if they would like to take this idea more seriously and think about customers like me in mind, then the limitations should go. I understand that they are there to hold us in shackles for control, but this would be worth it without the limitations.
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7:40AM on 06/30/2011

HAHAHAHAHAHA

this is hilarious, i mean, the name of the idea alone is a joke, "MONTHLY UNLIMITED TICKETS TO THE THEATRE", what a dumb stupid name...
if its UNLIMITED, why is it that i can only see a movie per day and i can only see it once???? as per the extra fee for the 3D and IMAX projections i can understand, but still, im waiting to see the part where the tickets are UNLIMITED, because so far, i only see LIMITED tickets...

what a dumb ass idea, and if anyone gets on board with this, shame on
this is hilarious, i mean, the name of the idea alone is a joke, "MONTHLY UNLIMITED TICKETS TO THE THEATRE", what a dumb stupid name...
if its UNLIMITED, why is it that i can only see a movie per day and i can only see it once???? as per the extra fee for the 3D and IMAX projections i can understand, but still, im waiting to see the part where the tickets are UNLIMITED, because so far, i only see LIMITED tickets...

what a dumb ass idea, and if anyone gets on board with this, shame on them...
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1:16PM on 06/29/2011

It's about time...but...

I am automatically put on guard by a system that says "unlimited" then puts limits in the fine print. No, Double Features? No seeing the same movie twice. These rules might be needed for the BETA testing but once fall hits and people across the country are shelling out $50 for an unlimited plan, it needs to be unlimited. Perhaps keeping the restrictions on the $30 level.

Also, I don;t like that AMC and Regal (the ultimate owner of some of the independnets listed) seem to be the only
I am automatically put on guard by a system that says "unlimited" then puts limits in the fine print. No, Double Features? No seeing the same movie twice. These rules might be needed for the BETA testing but once fall hits and people across the country are shelling out $50 for an unlimited plan, it needs to be unlimited. Perhaps keeping the restrictions on the $30 level.

Also, I don;t like that AMC and Regal (the ultimate owner of some of the independnets listed) seem to be the only two major chains in the list. I've been to most of those theaters, and going to the Embarcaderro would become a whole lot easier, but for it to be worth it for me I would need to have access to the Cinemark/ Century, CinemaWest, or the Brendan Theater groups.
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